Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts

The Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts is designed for both teacher practitioners who want to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application in their classrooms and teachers who are interested in obtaining a Texas Reading Specialist Certification. Candidates for the Reading Specialist Certification must have a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate along with two years of successful teaching experience before taking the Reading Specialist Exam.

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must participate in an interview process and submit to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Apply to the Reading Specialist Preparation Program if seeking Texas Reading Specialist certification (Instructions)
  4. Pay the $55 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs Fee (paid to the TEA as required by TAC 229.9.7) if seeking Texas Reading Specialist certification
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)

Note: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete. Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations:

  1. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam
  2. Acceptable writing sample

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.

This degree is designed for both teacher practitioners who want to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application in their classrooms and teachers who are interested in obtaining a Texas Reading Specialist Certification. Candidates for the Reading Specialist Certification must have a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate along with two years of successful teaching experience before taking the Reading Specialist Exam.  Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they submit their capstone project. The degree plans originate in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.

Master of Education in Reading/Lanuage Arts leading to the Reading Specialist Certification
LITC 7310Literacy, Policy, and Change3
LITC 7385Digital Epistemologies3
READ 5306Survey Of Reading3
READ 5307Prac-Lit Assmt/Instr Stratgy I 13
READ 5308Prac-Lit Assmt/Instr Strat II 23
READ 5312Second Language Literacy3
READ 5315Language Arts: Theory & Instr3
READ 5325Imprvmt In Sec Sch/Adult Pop3
READ 5330Lit & Instr Mat In Rdg Progs3
READ 5335Cognition & Emergent Literacy3
READ 6310Admin/Suprvsn Of Literacy Prog3
READ 6320Internship In Reading Supervsn 33
Total Hours36
1

Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5308

2

Prerequisite: Enroll concurrently with READ 5307

3

Prerequisite: READ 5307READ 5308